It was the first day of spring last week, which got us thinking about spring cleaning. We wanted to share our favorite green-cleaning recipes. Over the years we’ve picked up a few tips to get the house sparkling without a harsh smell afterwards. With just a few simple supplies, many of which are already in your cupboards, you can create almost any cleaning solution. We've compiled a list of general cleaners, and another list of natural deodorizers. All of these are pet, child, and pregnancy friendly! 

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All Purpose Cleaner:

1/2 cup Warm Water

1/2 cup Vinegar

2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

15 drops Tea Tree Oil

The Tea Tree oil isn’t necessary, but it does make the cleaner anti-bacterial. So it’s great for wiping down hard surfaces, especially during cold season.

Grease Cutter:

2 Cups warm water

1/4 Cup Castile Soap (like Dr.Bronners)

Mix together in a spray bottle and spray on surface, let sit for a few seconds then wipe off with a damp sponge.

Glass Cleaner:

1 1/2 to 2 cups water

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent)

Mix in spray bottle. Use to clean all glass surfaces or mirrors. I use newspaper instead of paper towels for glass, which may sound strange but it doesn't leave streaks or those little towel fibers behind.

Carpet Re-Fresher:

About twice a year sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet, leave it for about 30 minutes then vacuum it up. It deodorizes and leaves a fresh smell, and its kid and pet safe.

Homemade Room Spray:

3/4 cup Water

2/3 cup rubbing alcohol

15 drops scented oil 

12 drops complimenting scented oil 

Shake it all together in a spray bottle.

Scented Dryer Sheets:

Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil on a piece of wet cloth and put it in the dryer with your clothes, lavender smells great—and toss in with wet laundry.